October 28, 2021

Snapdragon PC – why are they needed and when will they be released?

Smartphones are compact, lightweight and thin devices that allow you to do a lot of things that “can” a PC. However, many smart phones have one significant drawback – batteries located in their thin cases can not last long without recharging a miniature battery. Overcoming this shortcoming could be the return to CES 2018 devices, which have a lot in common with the most productive smartphones of our time.


About a year ago, users first heard about the concept of “cellular personal computers” (“Cellular PC”) running the operating system Windows 10 and based on ARM chipsets. In the summer of 2017, at the Computex Taipei exhibition, Qualcomm gave an additional idea of ​​the upcoming computers, which she calls “Snapdragon PC”, which provide something like the “hypermobile experience” that pleases users on constantly connected to the Net thin and light devices – smartphones and tablets. In more detail, the topic of technology, which can be embodied in the most interesting products of the upcoming CES 2018 exhibition, was considered by Mark Tyson on the pages of the hexus.net resource and Surur in the resource posted by mspoweruser.com.

At Computex, users learned that mobile personal computers based on Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipsets can become thin and do without fans, providing “even more than a whole day without recharging the battery” with an LTE connection. Qualcomm showed a sample – a PC running Windows 10, which launched popular applications using x86 emulation, and it looked good.


Last week, Qualcomm held a meeting in Hong Kong, during which it became known more about the upcoming “Snapdragon PC” than before. As reported by the resource The Verge, the operating time of the device from the battery exceeded expectations in the process of testing by Microsoft of new systems of mobile PCs.

Microsoft Windows Project Manager at Microsoft, Pete Bernard, noted that computers based on ARM chipsets are capable of changing the rules of the game. The operating time of such a computer running Windows 10 without recharging exceeded all expectations, as noted by Vice President of Qualcomm in global product marketing Don McGuire:

To be honest, this really exceeded our expectations. We have set a high bar [before our developers], and we have now surpassed this …

It is enough to give a simple example. Viewing videos from Netflix using a Wi-Fi connection can continue with such a light and thin computer up to 29 hours. And only after that the computer will need to recharge the battery. If both LTE and Wi-Fi are simultaneously turned on, the energy in the battery of the computer is enough for a smaller, but still quite impressive time – 20 hours or more. However, for comparison: a typical Surface Pro will allow viewing video without Wi-Fi for only 9-10 hours, which means – “Snapdragon PC” deduces the computer’s capabilities to do without recharging to a completely new level.


It is expected that personal computers running Windows 10 based on the Snapdragon 835 chipset, which became the hardware platform of many of the brightest and most powerful flagship smartphones of 2017, will be shown by such well-known laptop manufacturers as HP, Lenovo and Asus, by the time of CES 2018, and perhaps even earlier.

This may mean that the Windows operating system, which is the most popular computer OS, will be able to occupy a significant place in the mobile devices market, which it could not find as a platform for smart phones. In this context, it is important to note that, despite the official cessation of support for Windows Phone, which was previously reported, users of Lumia and other Windows-based phones continue to receive bug fixes and security updates.

The software giant has released a new software tool designed for corporate users of Windows phones and connoisseurs of these devices, allowing them to upgrade to the latest version of the operating system using a cable.

Usually, updating the Windows phone – whether it’s a device based on Windows Phone 8.1 or Windows 10 Mobile – was carried out by the user by downloading and installing each individual update. Over time, updating Windows phones became more and more time consuming and some users generally could prefer to do without updates.

The OTC (Over the Cable) Updater application, which can be read in more detail on the Microsoft website and downloaded from there, updates Windows phones that connect directly to any PC running the Windows operating system on which the application is installed.

Previously, the Windows recovery tool could provide this feature, allowing the user to go directly to the latest update, but Microsoft has changed the functionality of the application in such a way that it now performs recovery to the version of Windows that was originally delivered. And OTC Updater is the only way for users to go directly to the newest of the supported Windows 10 Mobile builds.

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